Religion is the foundation of all conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Today's session of the Circle 99 Association of Independent Intellectuals was hosted by Prof. Dr. Mirsad Priganica, who spoke on "Religious extremism and secularism."
Priganica said that people in Bosnia and Herzegovina should learn "to suppress or to give full recognition of religious beliefs and religious arguments in public space."
"Religion has previously been suppressed in every possible way. However, the more you suppress something, the more intensely it will rise to the surface. Together with that came religious extremism, which in fact has a negative attitude towards others, fear of others and somehow they affirm hate speech towards others," said Priganica.
He stressed that BiH is "a multicultural and multi-religious paradigm in Europe" and that BiH must ensure that the religious arguments and reasons in politics are not used for the disdain of others.
"Religion can contribute a lot to us, because it enriches the secular discourse of religion, and with that we're always winners, because thus we have a moral society," said Priganica.
He also pointed out that the affirmation of religious discourse is extremely desirable, and that he personally advocates a compromise.
"Every kind of extremism is bad," said Professor Priganica, adding that BiH should advocate a dialectical mixture. He also added that on the political scene, both secularism and religion can govern.
"Religion is the foundation of all conflict in Bosnia. Religion can be fully compatible with secularism. Representatives in parliament have to adjust their religious arguments to secular discourse and draw what is most important for the future coexistence of different religious groups in this country," said Dr. Mirsad Priganica.